Distillery Operations Discontinued
Wednesday September 13th 1933.
of the largest stills ever uncovered in Ontario, capable of producing 100
gallons of alcohol daily, was seized yesterday when the R.C.M.P. carried out
a raid on the barn of Herbert Hewer at Aberfoyle, Ontario. Part of the cow stable was blocked off in
a vast underground mash manufacturing plant, police said, and the still was
concealed beneath a haystack. At the
time of the raid, four huge wooden vats were bubbling over with sugar mash
ready for distillation. Up in the
haymow, a big water tank provided pressure for the plant.
the mounties, Sergeant Frank Samson, and Constables Barr, Bailey, and Warner
climbed through a trapdoor and down an improvised ladder, a man who was at
work kindling a fire in the boiler, fled and leaping a creek, disappeared
into a dense swamp. Constable Bailey
gave chase but failed to head him off.
officers quickly halted the distilling process by pulling the bungs from each
of the 1,000-gallon vats. The
effervescent suds roared down an open well in the cement floor, emptying
through a pipe into the local creek.
The livestock, ducks, cows, and pigs, watering in that same creek
unknowingly enjoyed a free round of drinks and, as reported by the R.C.M.P.
officers, their subsequent behaviour gave clear evidence of the potency of
the mash. Sergeant Samson removed 300
gallons of pure over-proof alcohol to R.C.M.P. headquarters here. Arrangements have been made to begin the
dismantling of the intricate equipment.
from the Toronto Star newspaper.